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Active Mums sessions are designed to ease mums into getting active, building confidence and strength whilst bonding with their baby. The Active Mums programme was developed on the back of a pilot scheme which demonstrated that more mums would like to get active - especially if they could bring their new babies with them.

Current sessions for Active Mums are:

All you need is yourself, your baby and the desire to be a stronger mum!

Alex Davis, Prevention Programme Manager for the National Charity Partnership, said:

“We all know that being active is good for us, but the demands of being a parent can make it hard for mothers to be as active as they may want to be. These mother-and-child sessions are a good – and easy - way to help them get more regular exercise in a way that suits them.

“Being active is an effective way to help reduce your risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. With millions of people currently living with these serious conditions and many more at risk, we hope programmes like Active Mums will give women and their families in Torbay the opportunity to look after their long-term health.”

Councillor Derek Mills, Deputy Mayor, Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing and Corporate Services at Torbay Council, said:

“I would wholeheartedly recommend that as many mums and carers take advantage of the Active Mums programme.  This programme will be fun, will break down isolation and provide an outlet for healthy exercise for Mums and their children, improving both physical and mental well-being.”

Cllr George Gribble, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Spokesman for Communities, Recreation and Leisure, said:

“Teignbridge has been thrilled with the response to this new initiative. The idea came from the work we’ve been doing in Active Leisure on post-natal exercise and helping to make sport/physical activity easier to get involved with, particularly for those who are struggling to exercise. Our Mum and Baby Breeze Cycle Rides, launched in January, have exceeded our expectations and we are inundated with bookings and interest. Those who have attended have thoroughly enjoyed the cycle rides, the fresh air, and the mental and physical health benefits of cycling with their babies and toddlers. Most of all they're fun and at a pace that suits them. The rides are so easy to access, mums just need to book a place and turn up. We supply the bikes, the trailers, the seats and the helmets. Now we are ready to expand the programme. We look forward to providing a range of programmes for mums and their little ones to get active as part of the Active Mum's campaign with our partners Torbay Council, Active Devon and The Herald Express.”

Torbay’s Mayor Gordon Oliver said:

“It is great that we are able to work on this wonderful initiative with Teignbridge District Council and Active Devon. The Active Mums programme is an extremely good opportunity for mums or carers and their preschool children and one I wholeheartedly support".

Cllr Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Parking and Sport, said:

“Many mums would like to undertake some form of exercise but find it difficult to find childcare. This programme addresses this and also provides a variety of offers at affordable prices.”

Caroline Dimond, Director of Public Health, said:

“I would wholeheartedly recommend that as many mums and carers take advantage of this scheme. This scheme will be fun, will break down isolation and provide an outlet for healthy exercise for Mums and their children, improving both physical and mental well-being.”
The 12-week programme is being supported by the Herald Express to ensure wide spread coverage across Teignbridge and Torbay.